Here's a little titbit from our FB discussion:
Me: I've pointed this out before, but will do so again. NZ First's position is *exactly* like China's - no foreigners to own *our* land. That is consistent with communism. And while I'm on the topic of *our* land, it is not *our* land; it is land owned by the person, persons or company registered on the title. It is *their* land. We have a concept of indefeasibility of title (if you own it, it's yours unless obtained by fraud) and are looked at across the world as having the best land registration model in the world. That is good in so many ways yet NZ First policy is apparently to undermine that.
Tracey: Totally agree with Nick on that one - our position around land sales is exactly the same as the Chinese in that no foreigner (so therefore only New Zealanders) can own land. And funnily enough we have made this comment several times in press releases and speeches. I am going to assume here that the confusion is coming from the difference which is that China after the Cultural Revolution made all land the property of the state - and this is where Nick goes with his comment - trying to make this into the usual freedom or government communist servitude argument that ACT uses for its fear based policies e.g. you will have no choice if we do not sell our schools and hospitals. But even right now my relatives of Chinese descent are making trips to China to reclaim their family land that was taken from them by the state - can they sell it to another nation - no they can't - do they want to? No they don't because they too know what it is like to be landless. And in a way you are also right Nick that this is not "our" land except you once again take it down to individual rights in the here and now with no vision for the future. On this land, even if our name is on the title, we are merely practicing kaitiakitanga for our future generations.
Tracey: Just another little aside - is it ok to trade with communist but you find there political system totally abhorant - so is that values when values suit you?
Me: Do you go to Fiji for your holidays? Have you bought a flat screen TV from Harvey Norman, but probably made in Vietnam? For that matter, how about Nike or Adidas running/training shoes made in China? Have you had a taxi ride in Auckland driven by an Iraqi (pre Saddam). Have you travelled to Vietnam? North Korea? China?Just trying to establish consistencies.